Saba Dewan’s Tawaifnama – A brief review

Saba Dewan’s Tawaifnama – A brief review

Saba Dewan’s new book ‘Tawaifnama’ is a remarkable read about contributions of women to Hindustani classical music, All India Radio, theatre, silent film, Bollywood, and in India’s freedom from British. It was fascinating to learn how tawaifs had negotiated the onslaughts by colonialism and Hindu nationalism upon their way of life and art practice. It […]

Collaborative Audiovisual Ethnography:  Ways of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Collaborative Audiovisual Ethnography: Ways of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage

June 18th, 2016 | By Rajat Nayyar  The report reflects upon a collaborative project undertaken with a young and educated member of the rural community in an attempt to redefine ways of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). The project was initially to audio-visually document the Bhojpuri folk songs that were to be sung by […]

Varanasi – Time Loops

Varanasi – Time Loops

Originally posted on Filmkaar:
The flow of time is a great illusion. Sometimes it moves fast, sometimes it slows down. It can make you feel alive or it can make you feel half dead. But in Varanasi, one can see this illusion clearly. For in Varanasi, time stops. Given below are a series of time…

Tracing mystic Kabir from Kashi to Maghar

Tracing mystic Kabir from Kashi to Maghar

I had met Swami Ram Das at Kabir Math Varanasi. It was when I had visited the place researching about the Nirgun tradition conceived by mystic poet Kabir. He sang a few songs, so we could record them and study them. The songs were very interesting, referring to a physical body as a boat and […]

देव दीपावली (त्रिपुरी पूर्णिमा), काशी

देव दीपावली (त्रिपुरी पूर्णिमा), काशी

आज गलियों में गुज़रती इस भीड़ के संग आगे बढ़ते हुए, ऐसा लगा की गंगा जी इन गालियों में बेह रही है, और जा कर खुद में ही समा जाएंगी। मानो की, गली में यादव जी (जिनका खीरकदम लाजवाब है) को प्रणाम भी हम उसी भीड़ में बेहते हुए किये। कुछ दिन पेहले ये लोग अपनी […]

Her new perspective through an old Kodak | The Katkari Tribe | Gandhinagar, Medha village

I reached Medha Village located in the Satara district of Maharashtra with Jeronimo Miguel from Sapana.org, who has been working in the surrounding villages towards the empowerment and sustainability of the Katkari Tribe, in collaboration with Shramik Janata Vikas Sanstha, a local NGO. They together were trying to impart skills to the Katkari women. One such […]